Alright boys and girls… (Or ‘boy’ and ‘girl’, judging by how few people have visited the site so far.)
It’s time for the Official Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia Blog to go live! I couldn’t do this on my own, so for my first post I’d like to introduce my fellow bloggers.
So, in order of the length of their bios from shortest to longest, here are the three gentlemen who will be keeping this blog in business:
Javier is a board member for the FSGP and an active member of the organization. He writes his own blog called The Science Pundit, and we are incredibly lucky that he has decided to bring his punditry to us. In addition, he makes very good YouTube videos…but I’ll let him tell you about that in his own time.
Tony is a husband, father, lawyer and atheist living in Philadelphia. After an intense period as a born-again evangelical in high school (resulting in a close brush with bible college), he converted to Catholicism as an adult. In early 2007, Tony experienced his final “deconversion” experience when reading Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion,” and has been a happy atheist ever since. Tony blogs at Everyday Atheist and hopes to increase his involvement in non-theistic activism in 2009.
A little bit about me, my name is Staks. I was born in northern New Jersey, just outside of New York City. I went to West Chester University and was extremely active in many activities including, but not limited to, the English Club (President), The Philosophy Club (President), Student Activities Council, The Iconoclast literary magazine (founding member), The Quad campus newspaper (weekly columnist for at least 3 or 4 years), WCUR 680 AM and WCUR 91.7 FM. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Social Studies Education, with a concentration in Philosophy. I took a year off and then went back to West Chester University and got my Masters Degree in Philosophy.
I have been a long-time Independent, and in 2003, I switched sides to the Democratic Party. I quickly jumped into Democratic politics in Chester County and was appointed Chair of the Young Democrats of the County after I attempted a run for the U.S. Congress. But I must admit that I am a bit of a rebel, and a vocal one at that. I quickly made a name for myself within the County party and joined many grassroots Democratic groups such as the DFA (Democracy for America) and the PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) . Recently I moved to Delaware County Pennsylvania.
In the Freethought community, I have debated and discussed religion with countless Christians of differing sects. While in college, I held a program mocking a Christian program of a similar name; I called it “Do You Agree with Staks: How I Got Over God.” I soon joined the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia and became a board member of that organization for a few years. I went down to D.C. to rally against the use of “under god” in the pledge of allegiance. While I was there, I got to meet Michael Newdow and a few other cool people. In November of 2005, I was tapped to be a panelist on the CN8 television show “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle.” The show topic was Intelligent Design in the classroom.
Throughout my life, I have been a strong advocate of free speech and got a two-second sound byte on “A&E Biography: Howard Stern.” This occurred while I was rallying for free speech at his last broadcast on K-ROCK in New York City. During both 2004 and 2005, I went down to D.C. and met with the legislative aids of multiple U.S. Senators to discuss the Broadcast Decency Act of 2004/2005. Unfortunately in 2004, 99 percent of the U.S. Senate voted for this anti-freedom bill. However, the President forgot to sign it into law, so it was up again in 2005. Fortunately, it never made it to the Senate in 2005, but it did pass overwhelmingly in the House. 2006 however seemed to be the big anti-freedom year since the bill passed that year with 100% support from the Senate. This time unfortunately, President Bush remembered to sign his name to it and made it law.
In 2006, started up DangerousTalk.net and started the Dangerous Talk radio show on WCHE 1520 AM, West Chester. I soon gained an audience on Internet Radio. Today, due to my busy schedule, I rarely record shows, but have moved into the Blog-o-sphere. Since 2007, I have been running a daily blog on MySpace which I am now mirroring here.
So please, give these guys a warm welcome!